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Florida Blueberry Pollination Workshop

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 (9:30 AM – Noon) UF/IFAS Extension – Lake County – Tavares, FL 1951 Woodlea Rd. – Tavares, FL 32778




  •  9:40 AM – Introduction to workshop goals and Project Integrated Crop Pollination; Overview of Integrated Crop Pollination – Emily May (Xerces Society)
  • 9:50 AM – Overview of blueberries in FL (Research update, crop pollination needs, common pollinators) – Dr. Cory Stanley-Stahr and Barbara Garrow (UF)
  • 10:15 AM – Managing bumble bees in FL – stocking densities; placement of bumble bees; show growers shelters – Mary Bammer (UF)
    10:40 AM – Practical issues concerning honey bees (stocking densities, contracts communication and pesticide label changes) – Jeanette Klopchin (FDACS Pollinator Protection)
  • 11:05 AM – Farm management practices to support pollinators & crop pollination (maintaining and increasing flowers and nesting habitat; minimize pesticide risk) – Dr. Cory Stanley-Stahr (UF)
  • 11:30 AM – Hands-on general bee identification workshop (4 major blueberry pollinators) – Steven Pelkey (UF) (Dr. Cory Stanley-Stahr, Mary Bammer on hand)
  • 11:55 AM – Wrap up/closing – Cory/Emily *Light snacks and refreshments will be provided


Pre-registration is necessary to participate in this workshop. Please follow the link provided to complete registration:

Workshop Pre-registration Link



FBGA 2015 Officers and Directors

Please join us in congratulating/welcoming the 2015 FBGA Officers and Directors:

• Dudley Calfee, President (Renewal Term of Office: 10-08-2015 to 10-07-2017

• Dan Ebbecke, Vice President​ (Renewal Term of Office: 10-08-2015 to 10-07-2017

​• Michael Hill, Secretary (Term of Office: 10-08-2015 to 10-07-2018

• Ryan Atwood, Director (Term of Office: 10-08-2015 to 10-07-2018


Florida Blueberry Industry Still Has Some Growing Up To Do

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Last season, Florida blueberry growers harvested about 25 million pounds of berries throughout the state. This was up from just less than 17 million the year before and closer to our harvest of 22 million pounds two seasons ago.  Read More>>


UF/IFAS Certificate of Farm Labor Management

Independent farm labor contractors are sometimes not as familiar with rules and regulations governing farm worker safety and economic welfare as they could be.   In Florida, there is no required training for FLCs.  They have to take a test to get their Florida State labor contractor license, but many of them took that test 20 years ago. Read More…